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Survey finds widespread dissatisfaction amongst university staff with research assessment

The majority of university staff are unhappy with the method used to assess the research done in UK higher education institutions, and would like to see it reformed, according to a survey published by UCU today.

Nearly two-thirds of the survey's 7,000 respondents said they thought the Research Excellence Framework (REF) has a detrimental impact on the sector, and believed it creates unreasonable expectations of research outputs. More than half said they would like to see the REF replaced by an alternative method.

Two-fifths (42%) of respondents did not view the selection process for the REF at their institution as transparent and one in five (22%) feared they would be moved to a teaching only role if they did not meet their institution's REF expectations.

Full report – The Research Excellence Framework (REF) UCU Survey Report Oct 13

A sumary is available at http://www.ucu.org.uk/6776

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